Barnard ranked among elite colleges with highest enrollment of low-income students

financial aidIn an article focusing on low-income students and their enrollment at the nation's top schools, The New York Times reported that "Efforts to Recruit Poor Students Lag at Some Elite Colleges." In contrast, Barnard College was ranked 5th among elite colleges with the highest enrollment of low-income students. During the 2010-11 academic year, 21% of Barnard students received Pell Grants, "the main form of federal aid for low- and moderate-income students." In presenting the argument, the piece unveiled data collected by the U.S. Department of Education which found "wide disparities among the most competitive private colleges." An excerpt from the article: "Researchers at Georgetown University have found that at the most competitive colleges, only 14 percent of students come from the lower 50 percent of families by income. That figure has not increased over more than two decades, an indication that a generation of pledges to diversify has not amounted to much. Top colleges differ [...]